• background image
  • Alexandria's Butterfly Effect

    Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is bringing Tasha Wahl's Butterfly Effect, a global public art and philanthropy project, to Alexandria. Alexandria residents helped create the mural, which is located on the side of Bloomers at 924 King Street. Through September 8, visitors will be able to take a picture with the butterfly wings and select a charity of their choice from a list of almost 250 local and national 501c3 nonprofits to receive a $5 donation, with funding provided by Ms. Wahl and an anonymous donor through ACT for Alexandria. (See below for instructions on donations.)


    The Butterfly Effect highlights the opportunity for everyone to embody the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, becoming the change they want to see in the world by facilitating small acts of kindness, encouraging generosity, and promoting creativity. It is modeled after Edward Lorenz’s “Butterfly Effect” theory that even the softest flutter of a wing can affect the molecules around it, setting off a chain reaction that amplifies into major change. In three years, more than 200 social butterflies have been installed worldwide.


    Vice Mayor Elizabeth Bennett-Parker first learned about the Butterfly Effect on Instagram and applied for the opportunity to bring a mural to Alexandria. Upon selection by Ms. Wahl earlier this year, Vice Mayor Bennett-Parker worked with her to customize the mural by including the phrase “Be the Change You Want to See in the World” in additional languages (Spanish and Arabic), as well as the hashtag #InclusiveALX.


    “I’m excited to bring the Butterfly Effect to Alexandria because it will build community, promote vibrancy on upper King Street, and highlight nonprofits in a fun, interactive way. I’m thankful to Tasha Wahl for her vision in starting this global project and for choosing Alexandria; to Asana Partners and Bloomers for providing the space for the mural; and to the members of the community who brought it to life, ” she said.

  • How It Works


    Take your Picture

    Head to the mural at 924 King Street - it's on the side facing Patrick Street and take your picture within the butterfly wings. Note: Alexandria's metro stations are closed this summer, for alternate route information including shuttles/buses, discounted parking, and the water taxi, click here.


    Pick a Charity from the List to receive $5

    For an alphabetical list, please click here. For a list by category, please click here. For a list by location, please click here.


    Text or Email Your Picture to Us

    Email us at alxbutterflyeffect@gmail.com with the name of your charity in the subject line. Alternatively, you can text us at 202-681-7594. By sending us your picture, you are authorizing us to post it on social media, unless you tell us otherwise. We will not post or share your name or contact information with anyone.


    Share Your Picture on Social Media

    For a chance to win an extra $500 donation, make sure to tag @elizabethforalx and include the hashtags: #inclusiveALX and #butterflyeffect and your charity of choice. Winner will be randomly selected after 9/8. The charity with the most people selecting it will also receive an additional $500 donation.

All Posts